It's June 25, 2010. That means Gilad Shalit has been held in captivity by Hamas terrorists for four years.
Here in Israel, I often hear a phrase spoken by a family member, mostly parents, to describe another family member; they will say about the person, "our ________ ". So for example, when a mother talks about her daugher Keren, she will often say "קרן שלנו" ["Keren shelanu"]--our Keren. There's something very poignant about that to me.
Me, I can't believe our Gilad has been gone four years.
There is another soldier, an air force pilot whose name is Ron Arad. Arad was captured in 1986, and aside from some correspondence in 1987, has not been heard from since.
That's 24 years.
While tooling around the blogosphere, I found this video on Lion of Zion's blog. The song is "Keshetavo"--"When you will come back". On that day, the singer says "נשיר ברון" [NaShir beron]--"We will sing with Ron". "Ron", Arad's first name, in Hebrew means joy.
I think the song is appropriate today, as we remember and pray for both Gilad and Ron.
May that day that we sing with Ron--and Gilad--come soon.
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